The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 22, 1987, Image 8

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Page 8/The Battalion/Thursday, October 22, 1987 Sports te Ags’ Wilson prefers to let deeds speak for him By Tom Mulos Reporter He doesn’t get very excited at Texas A&M football games, yet Matt Wilson is considered to be one of the best centers in the Southwest Con ference. “There’s no real reason to get up set or excited,” Wilson said. “I’m not a very excitable player. I can’t sit there before a game and yell and scream. I’ve got tojoke around.” 1984. The only game he sat out was the Rice game last year because of a knee injury received during the Houston game. As it turned out, the Aggies didn’t miss him because they won easily, 45-10. Wilson is a 6-5, 275-pound senior agronomy major from Spring. He was highly recruited out of high school and decided to come to A&M because of the traditions and the fact that it is close to home. He is a mem ber of Head Coach Jackie Sherrill’s first recrifiting class which he thinks is special. His knee continued to trouble him the rest of the season. He would walk very slowly to class the week af ter a game. Going up a flight of stairs, he would, have to take them one step at a time. * “I thought I had played with pain while I was in high school, but noth ing compared to playing hurt last year,” Wilson said. “My knee is holding up a lot better than last year. All I need is a little rest between games and it’s OK for another game,” Wilson said. going to the Cotton Bowl two years straight, the Aggies got off to a slow start. But, after beating Baylor last week 34-10, maybe the Aggies have turned the corner. Talking to him, one would not think that he had a care in the world. He doesn’t let his knee problems get him down. Matt Wilson “They (the players) know he’s going to stay in there and fight,” Amedee said. “They respect him for that. If we go into battle, as they al ways say, you would want to make sure he’s in the foxhole with you be cause he simply takes care of his business. He’s just that kind of per son.” Wilson said: “Everybody is out to get you when you’re a winner. It makes you a target for everyone and that makes the job that much tougher. I thought Baylor would give us a better game than they did. But then again, we played better than we have in the past weeks.” “The first couple oi yeai- want to place football first andJ demies second which causct] grades to suffer,” Wilson 1 hen, you get used to han::[ manage your time and thepj As Come on You don iieve that y< lunch that |ge your I s fifth time. Certai jve’ve all h j)f the re’ ■ng-door p V major le; managers, 1 |o handle. After all Ho in 198S brevious fc Wilson has started 30 of the last 31 games for the Aggies starting with the 37-12 win over Texas in Offensive Coordinator Lynn Amedee said: “Matt is a very durable player. He plays hurt all the time. In the Houston game last year, he went down because of his knee. That didn’t keep him out. He went right back in there.” At the end of the season, he un derwent arthroscopic knee surgery. During the spring and summer se mesters, Wilson spent lots of time in the weight room trying to get his knee back in shape. Take him off the football field and he is a different kind of person. He is not the aggressive football- player type. Wilson has taken the challenge of playing in the Southwest Conference and become one of the best linemen in the conference. But his talents are not just noticed around the confer ence. He will be playing in the Se nior Bowl and is going to accept the opportunity to play in the Last-West Shrine Game. After winning two consecutive conference championships and Cards shell Twins to even Series at 2 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tom Lawless’ three-run homer triggered a six-run romp as the St. Louis Cardinals caught fourth-inning fever and burned the Minnesota Twins 7-2 Wednesday night, tying the World Series at two games apiece. Lawless’ first home run since 1984 and second of his major-league ca reer helped chase Game 1 winner Frank Viola, matching his quickest exit in 40 starts this season. The Cardinals, overpowered in the first two games as Minnesota scored a total of 13 runs in the fourth inning, showed they can play that way, too, combining four hits and three walks in that inning for a 7-1 bulge. St. Louis also raised more ques tions about the Twins’ ability to win on the road. Minnesota won just nine games away from the Met- rodome after the All-Star break be fore taking two in Detroit in the playoffs. Jim Lindeman, joining Lawless as one of the productive replacement Cardinals, had two RBI singles among St. Louis’ nine hits off four Minnesota pitchers. Ken Dayley protected the lead by retiring Gary Gaetti and Tom Bru- nansky with the bases loaded to end the seventh. Dayley got a save in re lief of Bob Forsch, who went 2% in nings in relief and got his first World Series victory in four decisions. Game 5 will be Thursday night with Bert Blyleven, the winner in the second game, pitching for the Twins. Either Danny Cox or Joe Ma- grane, each of them losers so far in the Series, will start for St. Louis. Lawless, a little-used reserve whom Cincinnati traded even-up to Montreal for Pete Rose in 1984, got the Cardinals even with the biggest hit of his career. Tony Pena drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and Jose Oquendo fol- Mtbrc lowed with a single. That brought up Lawless, who made just three starts during the regular season but was making his third start in the postsea son because of an injury to third baseman Terry Pendleton. Lawless lofted an 0-1 pitch high over the left-field fence, setting off a fireworks display over Busch Sta dium and in the crowd of 55,347. Viola, seemingly bothered by the 42-degree temperature at the start of the game, kept blowing on his hand to keep .aim vhile the Cardi nals kept hilts' g. Coleman walked one out later and Viola left. With Dan Schatzeder pitching, Coleman stole his fourth base of the Series and Tommy Herr was intentionally walked with two outs. Lindeman, who singled home St. Louis’ tying run in the third, hit an- f &'* . PLAN PREPARE FOR A Healthy^ Heavenly Bundle Part of the St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center “Learning to Live” Series We invite you to take part in this special event. Tuesday, October 27, 1987 St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center Cafeteria 7 - 9 p.m. No Charge HEALTHY, HEAVENLY BUNDLE REGISTRATION FORM Dr. David Doss, FACOG Dr. Doss will address the modern approach to optimizing healthy pregnancies ‘Nutrition ‘Genetic ‘Environmental Awareness Dr. Randy Smith Dr. Smith will discuss an aggressive approach to ‘Identifying high risk OB patients ‘Preventing/arresting premature labor Mary E. Walraven, B.S., I.C.E.A., C.C.E. Ms. Walraven will stress the importance of proper pre-natal education and exercise. NAME ADDRESS PHONE CITY STATE NUMBER ATTENDING SEMINAR ZIP MAIL FORM TO: St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center Community Relations Dept. 2801 Franciscan Dr, Bryan, Texas 77802 OR CALL 776-2458 ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL & HEALTH CENTER Bin : add the responsibilityof:l Snelm? riage ; and one would think life*! I Let’s ask ge t e sen tougher. Matt hatil ■narshmellc m* u ried to Melissa toronevearii I “I’m anx set /en months. I manager a Now. I have one more pel fringing a: to sha i c mv time with,” Wilson* ■earn to Yar “I admit that 1 haven'tspentatu ■ statement tin ic a is 1 would like with her,bail I But a wi un dei stands. It didn't makeliltl Kent for G< ha rde i I 'd do ii again il I hadio 1 ■he master-' Aft ci college, he would li: 1 I Lou Pint pl; ay m the National Fowl fear of m Le agi ic But will his kneeshokiJ fuided the “W < II. money does a loiotsl lord. A wir in He said being a student and an athlete makes life pretty lough. Wilson said. \mede« said "! lr iv: . I and a very sound individual,fki a chance to play in the NFL wants to. ’ other RBI single and Willie McGee lined a two-run double. Lawless went 2-for-25 during the regular season and was hitless until mid-August despite spending the whole year with the Cardinals. He is now 3-for-13 in the postseason. Lin deman, a .208 hitter during the sea son, is 8-for-20 in the postseason while filling in mosdy for injured Jack Clark. Viola, who gave up one run on five hits in eight innings of the opener, simply did not have it while pitching on three days’ rest for the fifth time this year. Viola went to a three-ball count only once in Game 1 but went there twice alone in the sec ond inning. Cardinals starter Greg Mathews, pitching for the first time in 10 days since pulling a muscle in his right leg during the playoffs, also struggled as the temperature dropped into the 30s. World Series weothe hard on players, fans ST. LOUIS (AP) — T he Min nesota Twins and St. Louis Cardi nals should be at their best in the World Series. That’s not easv out at the cold ball game. Batters can’t hit. Fans can’t cheer. Even Commissioner Peter Ueberroth couldn’t handle a grounder. “Baseball was meant to be played in warm weather,” Greg Mathews, the Cardinals’ Game 4 starter, said. “No one likes to pitch in the cold ’’ Instead, the middle three games of the World Series are coming during the chilliest nights of the fall in St. Louis. It is freez ing, really. Domes might offend purists, but some views are changing 180 degrt are h Ther but it s as ballpark tempera::; ecast to drop into the:a may be snow in Minntsoi 70 degrees inside the L!: Wha ison T lo or the >t mv u time for a shot first indoors | eet and toes a Twins third b»| aetti said. tne, it v Bv the en< dipped int Portabli dugouts at ting the r nals third wore glc night. i the >1 Lame Hue* brisk 19 degree. 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